When the calendar turned to January, thoughts about spring training started to really ramp up in the minds of Colorado Rockies fans.
We have already made our plans of when we will be covering the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz. Now we want to make sure you have the information you need if you want to see some Cactus League Baseball this February and March.
Here are some of the key things to know. And, as always, keep on eye on Rockies.com (as well as Rox Pile) for the latest information on spring training information.
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When will pitchers and catchers report?
As of this writing (January 6), the Rockies had not officially announced when pitchers and catchers would report. However, we have a general idea of when that could be.
Cactus League foe San Diego pitchers and catchers report on February 10 while Milwaukee and Seattle are reporting February 12 and Cincinnati reports on February 14. Position players will report roughly three to five days later.
Don’t worry. We’ll update this article when Colorado makes an official announcement so you will have the dates to know.
UPDATED: Rockies report on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Pitchers and catchers first workout is Wednesday, Feb. 12. First full-squad workout is Monday, Feb. 17.
When is Colorado’s first spring training game?
Ah, that we know. Colorado opens spring training against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (the complex the two teams share) on February 22. The Rockies will play their first “road game” of spring training the next day by visiting the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe.
You can see Colorado’s entire spring training schedule here.
What can you tell us about Salt River Fields at Talking Stick?
Plenty. It’s a great place to catch a baseball game and plenty of sun, as well as get close to some of your favorite Rockies. Here’s everything you need to know about the park.
What about tickets?
Individual tickets for Colorado spring training go on sale on Saturday, January 11 at 9 a.m. Mountain time. Click here for more information and to order after that date.
What are some other tips to share?
If you’re driving a car, parking at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will run between $5-$15 if last year’s prices stay the same.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick gates open an hour and 40 minutes ahead of first pitch. Home games start at either 12:10, 1:10 or 6:40 p.m.
Also, there is often time in the morning to watch the players practicing as well. Practice times have not been announced but almost every day presents a great opportunity to see many of your favorite players working on their skills. If you’re coming to see the Rockies, take advantage of the opportunity and plan for a long day. There are plenty of food options in and right next to the stadium so come, park and get your Rockies fix.
Where should I eat in and around Scottsdale?
Ah yes, one of my favorite subjects. I listed five places here last year … and I will visit them all again this year. That’s a promise.
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